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Have you ever woken up to find a wet, sticky spot on your underwear or PJs? At first you may have worried that you wet the bed. But if you're going through or have already gone through puberty, you probably had a wet dream.

Doctors call wet dreams "nocturnal emissions." Nocturnal means "at night." Emission is another way to say release.

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Wonder what wet dreams are and why you have them? Here are the answers to frequently asked questions that teens have about wet dreams.

What are wet dreams?

A wet dream is when you ejaculate while you're asleep. Ejaculate means to release semen (the fluid that contains sperm) from your penis. Usually a wet dream happens while you're having a dream about sex. You may not even remember the dream.

You don't have to masturbate to have a wet dream. You can ejaculate without touching your penis.

What causes wet dreams?

When you go through puberty, your body starts producing the male hormone testosterone. Once your body makes testosterone, it can release sperm. This means you'll be able to fertilize an egg if you decide to have a baby in the future. It also means you can get a girl pregnant if you have sex.

During puberty, you'll start having erections at all different times of the day -- in school, while you watch TV, in the shower. You can even have an erection while you sleep.

Semen can build up inside your body. One way that semen gets released is with a wet dream.

Is there something wrong with me because I'm having frequent wet dreams?

Wet dreams are a normal part of growing up. There's nothing you can do to control or stop wet dreams.

Even if you have a lot of wet dreams it doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you. Some guys have wet dreams a few times a week. Others may only have a couple of wet dreams during their entire life.

Once you start releasing sperm by masturbating or having sex with a partner, you may have fewer wet dreams.

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